Berks Women’s Group Draws Inspiration through Shared Experiences

“It’s time to tell our story.” Said Crystal Gilmore Harris opening the inaugural We Are Stronger Together event, hosted by Berks Women Inspiring Women.

The event’s purpose was to bring women together to inspire each other. It was held at the Gables at Stirling Guest Hotel, this past Sunday, August 16.

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Harris continued, “We have women who are opening up” and sharing their story, “so you can understand where they were, and how far they have come.”

Organizer Candace Newton sharing her childhood with the audience.

The event centered around the speakers, but it was also a time for music, food, and shopping. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to Safe Berks, Family Promise, and Concern Adoption Agency.

The founder of the event, Candace Newton, explained that she, “had a desire to make a difference” in Berks County, and “decided to do an event that would uplift women.” She chose each speaker at this event because, “each one of them inspire me.”

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Newton went on to explain her personal background, stating that she “never really [felt] like I had anywhere to belong.” She now has a mentor, Laura Fleming, who also spoke.
Newton closed, “All my life I wanted to be accepted, but all I really needed to do was love and accept myself.”

Speakers included Laura Hurlock Fleming, Alneasa Ani Jordan, Diana Key-Schaeffer, Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz, Michelle Sheriff Goodwin, Megan Welsh, Lucille DiGiamberardino, Kysha Payne-Word, Crystal Gilmore Harris.

Also attending the event was Reading Mayor Eddie Moran and his wife.

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Emily Myers
Emily Myers
Emily Myers is a reporter for Berks Weekly covering the City of Reading.
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